Disney+ UK launch brought forward to 24 March

Disney has confirmed that its new streaming platform Disney+ will now launch in the UK on 24 March. It was previously due to launch in the UK on 31 March.

It's also confirmed that it will cost £5.99 a month, or an annual payment of £59.99.

The service debuted in the US in November last year, but existing licensing deals with other providers in the UK and some European countries have held up its launch here.

As well as launching in the UK, it will also be available in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland on the same day.

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The platform will be the future streaming home for all Disney content, from its Marvel and Star Wars movies and TV shows to Disney-owned channels like National Geographic.

All aboard! The Child and the Mandalorian. (Disney)
All aboard! The Child and the Mandalorian (Disney)

Star Wars fans will be able to stream new series The Mandalorian, helmed by Jon Favreau, as well as the new live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, and documentary series The World According To Jeff Goldblum.

It will also be the home of new spin-off Marvel shows like Loki and WandaVision.

According to the studio, subscribers will be able to enjoy the Disney+ experience on nearly all major mobile and connected TV devices at launch, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs.

A still from Disney+ launch title <i>Lady & The Tramp</i>. (Disney)
A still from Disney+ launch title Lady & The Tramp (Disney)

Users will also be allowed to use four concurrent streams of the platform, create up to seven profiles and download unlimited amounts of content on up to 10 devices.

The service has already been a huge hit in the US.

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After launching on 12 November last year, one report unveiled last week said that it now has more than 41 million subscribers.

That's a quarter of the audience of Netflix already, achieved in just over two months, and equivalent to $97.2 million in income for the studio.

However, there's still some distance to go until profitability – it was reported last year that it was spending $24 billion on programming ahead of its launch.